OSGOOD- SCHLATTER DISEASE
What is Osgood Schlatter Disease ?
What are the symptoms ?
The main symptom is painful swelling over a bump on the lower leg bone (shinbone). Symptoms occur on one or both legs.
You may have leg pain or knee pain, which gets worse with running, jumping, and climbing stairs.
The area is tender to pressure, and swelling ranges from mild to very severe.
How is it diagnosed ?
What is the Treatment ?
Osgood- Schlatter disease will almost always goes away on its own once the child stops growing.
- Rest and decreasing activity when your child has symptoms
- Putting ice over the painful area two to four times a day, and after activities
- Ibuprofen or other nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), or acetaminophen (Tylenol).
In many cases, the condition will get better using these methods.
Adolescents should be allowed to play sports if the activity does not cause too much discomfort. However, symptoms will improve faster if activity is kept to a minimum. Sometimes, a child will need to take a break from most or all sports for 2 or more months.
In the rare case where symptoms do not go away, a cast or brace may be used to support the leg until it heals. This typically takes 6 - 8 weeks. Crutches may be used for walking to keep weight off the painful leg.
Rarely, surgery may be needed.